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NI man's tears at funeral of wife murdered in South Africa

By Jana Boshoff

A Northern Ireland man silently sobbed as he said a final farewell to his wife, who was murdered in a violent farm robbery in South Africa.

Friends and family gathered at the Dutch Reformed Church in Dullstroom yesterday to pay their respects to Sue Howarth, who was brutally attacked on her farm on February 19.

She passed away in hospital two days later.

Sue's husband Robert Lynn, who is originally from Belfast, still bore the wounds where attackers used a blow torch on his legs to torture him.

He sat hunched in the front row of the church, facing a table displaying a photo of Sue surrounded by candles and flowers.

At times he was overcome with emotion, silently sobbing and shaking as he mourned the loss of his beloved wife.

Nico Uys, the chairman of the Dullstroom Agricultural Union and Community Policing Forum, started proceedings with a prayer, saying: "We are a broken community at the moment. But when Jesus hung on the cross he did not judge and he did not hate. Help us to be more like him."

During the sermon the preacher spoke of the need for kindness and forgiveness.

Sue's cousin Nick, who is from the UK, recalled how she was a pretty girl who loved horses and went to school in Sussex.

"She was without pretence and, when she visited, she stayed at the same hotel, insisted to walk everywhere and paid for a lot of things," he told his fellow mourners. She even bought gifts for the dogs at Christmas," he added.

He described how Sue loved the country life in South Africa and the animals she kept.

One of Sue's friends said she loved three things: her dogs, horses and her husband Robert.

Two of the three dogs Sue adopted were present at the service.

The horrific attack on Sue and Robert, who are aged in their 60s, has shocked South Africa.

An armed gang broke into the pensioners' isolated farm at Dullstroom.

The terrified couple were tortured for hours before being driven to a mountain pass and shot. Mr Lynn miraculously survived, but his wife passed away in hospital.

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